Press Releases 2014-2015

Seminar on the Climate Challenge at UWTSD Swansea


UWTSD will host a seminar by Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change. The seminar will take place at 14.30 on Wednesday 17th June at the Reading Room, Alex Design Exchange, Swansea.

Kevin Anderson

Professor Kevin Anderson, University of Manchester, will revisit the scale of the climate challenge, arguing that whilst the science of climate change has progressed, we obstinately refuse to acknowledge the rate at which our emissions from energy need to be reduced. The seminar will develop a quantitative framing of mitigation, based on IPCC carbon budgets, before finishing with more qualitative examples of what a genuine low-carbon future may contain

Professor Anderson was previously director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, based at The University of East Anglia, and now leads Tyndall Manchester’s Energy and climate change programme.

He is research active with publications in Royal Society journals and Nature. He engages widely across all tiers of government; from reporting on shale gas and aviation related emissions to the EU Parliament to advising the Prime Minister’s office on Carbon Trading. He previously contributed analysis underpinning the UK’s Climate Change Act and the development of national carbon budgets.

Along with his colleague Dr Alice Bows-Larkin, Reader in Energy and Climate Change, Kevin’s work on carbon budgets has been pivotal in revealing the widening gulf between political rhetoric on climate change and the reality of rapidly escalating emissions. His work makes clear that there is now little chance of maintaining the rise in global temperature at below 2°C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary. Kevin’s research demonstrates how avoiding even a 4°C rise demands a radical reframing of both the climate change agenda and the economic characterisation of contemporary society.

Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He sits as a commissioner on the Welsh Government’s climate change commission and is a director of Greenstone Carbon Management, a London-based company providing emission-related advice to private and public sector organisations. Kevin is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
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